September 25, 2017
IN THIS ISSUE:
CIRCLE OF PRAYER CHURCHES
for the week of October 1 - October 7 and October 8 - October 14
October 1 - October 7
Albright UMC, Wilkes Barre
New Creation Community Church, Dover
Shrader UMC, Reedsville
Cowanesque UMC, Cowanesque
Hickorytown UMC, Carlisle
Orangeville UMC, Orangeville
Lehman-Idetown UMC, Lehman
Cito UMC, Mc Connellsburg
Mount Zion UMC, Steelton
St. John's UMC, Grover
October 8 - October 14
Trough Creek UMC, Todd
Milesburg UMC, Milesburg
Fishburn UMC, Hershey
Roseville UMC, Mansfield
Dressler's Ridge UMC, Mount Pleasant Mills
Elm Park UMC, Scranton
Mount Zion UMC, Dillsburg
15th Street UMC, Huntingdon
First UMC, Muncy
Pine Glen UMC, Karthus
You can use this list for announcements, inclusion in church bulletins, newsletters, etc. Full details about the Circle of Prayer are available from our website at www.susumc.org. Please be aware that churches are chosen from a pool of all church names with the use of a random number generator without regard to district.
TAKE THE HealthQuotient FOR BETTER WELL-BEING AND SAVINGS - DEADLINE IS SEPTEMBER 30
Take the HQ for a healthier you. The HQ online health assessment identifies common concerns like high cholesterol, prediabetes, and stress. After completing the HQ, you'll be eligible for phone-based health coaching-supportive guidance to help improve your well-being. Health coaching is provided by WebMD at no extra cost to you. You can access other helpful tools, too, through the HealthFlex/WebMD portal.
Take the HQ to avoid paying extra on next year's Healthflex deductible.
* Individual deductible - avoid paying $250 extra
* Family deductible - avoid paying $500 extra
You and your spouse (if in HealthFlex) must both complete the HQ to avoid paying extra
Complete the HQ in 15 minutes or less.
View Flyer for more details or go to www.wespath.org
Log in to "HealthFlex/WebMD" to get started.
You have until September 30 to take the HealthQuotient.
Conference Benefits Officer
PASTORS SEEKING RETIREMENT AT THE 2018 ANNUAL CONFERENCE
Active pastors under appointment (local church and extension ministry) who are considering requesting the retired relationship at the 2018 Session of Annual Conference are urged to check paragraph No. 357, page 304, in the 2016 Book of Discipline. I call your attention to the second sentence of the opening statement.
"Requests for retirement shall be stated in writing to the bishop, Cabinet, and the Board of Ordained Ministry at least one hundred twenty days prior to the date on which retirement is to be effective unless waived by the bishop and Cabinet."
If you are considering retirement at the 2018 Session of Annual Conference, please be sure to honor the time restriction. As indicated in the 2016 Book of Discipline, your request should be sent to the bishop. Please copy your request letter to your district superintendent; with additional copies to Rev. Suzanne Elliott, chairperson of the Conference Board of Ordained Ministry, Rev. Pat Woolever, chairperson of the Board's Conference Relations Committee, and Kelly Cox, Conference Pension Officer.
If you have any additional questions, please be sure to contact your district superintendent and/or the Episcopal office.
Gregory C. Myers
Assistant to the Bishop
MINISTRY AND MONEY SEMINARS TWO DAY EVENT
Want the Basics in Finances? The United Methodist Stewardship Foundation is offering seminars that address clergy and church needs with our special two day event.
Clergy and Spouses: Make a date night to plan your finances and to engage in helpful discussions about your future. Share this unique learning experience while enjoying the fellowship of other clergy couples and a wonderful meal together.
Attend Friday, October 20, 5 - 8 p.m. Your $50 per couple registration fee includes your meals and a book (0.2 CEUs available).
Clergy and Finance Leaders: Create an impact by changing how you think about, handle, and ask for money. Use the best practices and create a budget that can be shared as your church's mission statement. Discover the theological basis for the ministry of money and offer your church more generosity to increase theirs.
Join us Saturday, October 21, 10 a.m. - 3 p.m. Your $50 per participant registration fee includes a meal and a book (0.4 CEUs available).
You are encouraged to take one or both seminars. Come with your colleagues or carpool with another clergy couple. For more information and the registration form, click on www.umstewardship.org/events and scroll down or call 717-766-7343.
We are grateful for the hospitality of Bethlehem United Methodist Church. Our event location for your GPS is as follows: 109 E. Main St., Dallastown, PA 17313.
ORGANIST/PIANIST POSITION OPEN AT NEW HOPE UMC, BELLEFONTE
New Hope UMC is looking for an organist/pianist for Sunday services at 10 a.m., and choir practice Monday evenings at 6 p.m.
Pastor Bob Dornan
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